While structures such as the Giza pyramids, Brunelleschi's dome, and the Brooklyn Bridge are visual spectacles, our study group will concentrate on the engineering principles behind their structure and appearance. This study group is based on Understanding the World's Greatest Structures: Science and Innovation from Antiquity to Modernity, (The Great Courses, 2011). In twenty-four video lectures, Professor Stephen Ressler of the United States Military Academy at West Point, a civil engineer, will take us on a fascinating and richly illustrated tour that deftly blends history and science to create an unforgettable survey of our world's most remarkable structural masterpieces. He will demonstrate the stresses and forces which structures must resist. Architect Fred Gleave will devote a class period to a presentation of how the design of recent structures in Chicago and elsewhere have been affected by engineering considerations. Great Courses Plus subscription required. Subscription gives you access to all Great Courses material, not just the material needed for this course. 14 day free trial available, then $20/month (or $15/month if on a quarterly plan). Subscription can be cancelled at any time.